Norfolk’s most popular library read is revealed

Lee Child - A Wanted Man

Lee Child - A Wanted Man - Credit: Archant

A US Army Major who roams the United States investigating crimes has been gaining the interest of Norfolk readers.

Lee Child's A Wanted Man, the 17th book in his Jack Reacher series, has been revealed as Norfolk's most borrowed library book.

The story was borrowed 2,290 times between April 2013 and March 2014, from 47 Norfolk County Council libraries.

The figures were produced by the Public Lending Right Scheme, part of the British Library, which published the county's top 100 borrowed books.

David Baldacci's The Forgotten, whose main character, John Puller, has been likened to Jack Reacher, and Genius Ideas (mostly), by Liz Pichon, rounded off the top three.

The Norfolk top 10 list is dominated by British children's writer and illustrator Liz Pichon, who has five entries with her Tom Gates series of books, while Lee Child and Jeff Kinney have two entries each.

The studies showed that readers across the county have taken a different path to readers in other parts of the country, with only two authors, Lee Child and Jeff Kinney appearing on both the Norfolk and the UK lists. The UK's most borrowed book in 2013/14, Inferno, by Dan Brown, failed to make the top 100 in Norfolk, and the most popular children's author in the country, Daisy Meadows, also failed to make the list.

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Fiction books remain more popular than non-fiction, with the most borrowed factual book, The Great British Bake Off-How to Bake, being placed just outside the top 100.

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